Coca producers blockaded the only highway linking La Paz with the northern Amazon region on October 12th to demand the dismissal of two ministers and changes in the country’s drug policy. At least 3,000 people are participating in the roadblock and additional blockades are reportedly widespread in Yungas region. The protest comes despite the Bolivian government’s action to repeal a new coca production law that would have cut by two-thirds the number of coca leaves that growers can sell. The head of the coca growers union said they will continue the protest despite the annulment of the law, as there are several other outstanding issues, such as the construction of a coca industrialization plant and the improvement of roads.

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